Deniz Aktaş

In his drawings and paintings, Aktaş examines traumas in urban memory through human and environment relations. The images carefully depicted by the artist bear the marks of urban transformation, forced evictions, demolishment and even the traces of conflict observable on the buildings of a complicated, recondite and disheveled city. His constructions, which encapsulate, absorb, suffocate and conceal their inhabitants, leave the viewers feeling caught in a whirlpool or lost in a labyrinth.

Deniz Aktaş (1987) was born in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He completed his BFA at Marmara University in painting and his MFA at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Aktaş participated in the Cité Internationale des Arts artist residency program in 2016. He took place in group exhibitions in Paris, Munich, Milan and Istanbul. Selected exhibitions include Confusion, Macao, Milan (2017); Poser Son Temps, On-Off Site, Paris (2017); Wider den Grautönen, Pasinger Fabrik Gmbh, Munich (2016); Mythologies, 3rd Mardin Biennial, Mardin (2015) and How Should A War Be Remembered?, CerModern, Ankara (2015). Deniz Aktaş is a co-founder of the independent contemporary art space Loading in Diyarbakır. He lives and works in Istanbul and Diyarbakır.